STAFF PHOTO B? SUSAN USHER
Joint Recycling Effort Gets Boost
lirian Koines (left), intermediate operations manager for duPont's Cape Fear Site, presents a cheek for
$5,000 to North Brunswick High School Principal Hob Harris and recycling project coordinator
Cynthia Tart. The school received one of 32 community initiative grants worth $150,000 awarded
worldwide by duPont this year. Tart wants to see other partnerships county wide copy their joint ven
ture, now in its second year, in which students staff a recycling center, with bins, signs and other sup
port provided by duPont. A spin-off elective course in environmental and recycling studies is expected
to spark student interest in related careers. The grant will be used to expand efforts tit educate student
and other consumers on the need to recycle and to reduce the county's waste stream.
Athletic Director Resigns Following
Assault Charges By Female Students
BY DOUG RUTTER
South Brunswick High School is
(?tnling tor a nt*w head football
coach anil athletic director following
this week's resignation of Bill Hew
liewett. who has been accused of
assaulting two female high school
seniors, presented his resignation to
Brunswick County Schools Superin
tendent Ralph Johnston on Monday
The resignation was formally ac
cepted by the Brunswick County
Board of Education at its meeting
Monday night in Shallotte.
Hewett was suspended with pay
tin Nov. 24. He will remain on sus
pension until his 'esignation takes
effect Feb. 10.
"We will move as nuicklv as pos
sible to fill the position," South
Brunswick Principal Sue Sellers said
Tuesday. "We'll have to go through
the recruitment and hiring process
and that will take some time."
Sellers saiil she hopes to fill the
vacancy before the end of the school
year. "Certainly the head football
coach needs to he in place as soon as
possible. We need to get on with the
program and get ready for next
Nelson Best, director of athletics
for Brunswick County Schools, said
he thinks it "would be in the best in
terest of the program to be expedi
tious in hiring someone."
South Brunswick High's adminis
tration has been handling athletic di
rector duties since the suspension of
Hewett. who served as head football
coach and athletic director at the
school since IWO.
Two I2th-grade girls at South
Brunswick have accused Hewett
with assault on a female.
Both incidents were alleged to
have occurred on Nov. 16. Hewett
was suspended eight days later, al
though school officials have de
clined to say whether the discipli
nary action and alleged assaults
One girl accused the coach of
"grabbing her about the breast and
forcibly holding her by the wrist."
according to a warrant issued Dec.
Another South Brunswick senior,
in an arrest warrant filed Nov. 27.
accused Hewett of " grabbing her
Both cases are scheduled to be
heard in Brunswick County District
Court on Feb. 2N.
Seiiers said ihe publicity and ru
mors surrounding Hewett's suspen
sion have caused a distraction at the
school. "It has been difficult, but I
think our students and staff are han
dling it well."
Hewett coached Whiteville High
School to the state 2A championship
in 1W7 and led South Brunswick to
two state playoff appearances in four
seasons at the local school.
Hewett has not returned telephone
calls to his home. A family member
said earlier that he has been instruct
ed not to speak with the media until
his case has been settled.
Best said Tuesday that he had not
spoken with Hewett recently and did
not know his future plans. "I certain
ly wish him the best. I hope every
thing works out for him and his tam
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The low-volume test, performed
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Agencies Explore Working Together
To Setter Serve At-Risk Children
IIV SUSAN I'SHER
Brunswick County isn't waiting
for a Smart Suri grant !r*?rn the
state Id begin looking at better ways
of meeting the needs of local chil
Instead, local agencies plan to
convene their own "Summit Con
ference on Children at Risk" Wed
esday. Jan. 26. from 8:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. in the (Well Williamson
Auditorium at Brunswick Comm
"We can i wait iv> ?i Smart
Start grant. Our children are too im
portant." said Oscar M. Blanks Jr..
the Brunswick County Schools' new
assistant superintendent for pupil
personnel and support programs.
"We are losing too many of our chil
Too many youngsters are at risk,
he said, of either failing in school or
failing in life.
"We have students who are in cri
sis. They may not be dropouts, but
they are drifting with no direction."
he said. "Some have attitudes that
will not serve them well later in
A panel of agency chiefs will
share information on the services
each agency offers to children.
Then Linda Hyler of Raleigh,
president and director of Cities in
Schools of North Carolina, will dis
cuss this proven approach for deliv
ering services to at-risk children and
Cities in Schools?known in non
urban areas as Communities in
Schools, is a process that involves
schools, businesses, parents, social
service providers, churches and
civic organizations in a collaborative
effort to identify and meet the needs
of children and families in crisis.
"We believe we are losing too
many of our children." said Blanks.
"We also believe we have enough
resources and services to come to
gether and focus on our children in
order to save many of those children
we are losing."
Blanks said he has talked with
classroom teachers and that they
want to know what services are
available, and how to get help when
it's needed "without going through a
lot of bureaucracy."
"We have children who could
care less about their report card,
about making the honor roll or tak
ing advanced science or advanced
math or anything else.
"If our report card is going to
look better, we have to meet the
needs of nil of our children. Every
one of them is important to us."
Dudle" Flood executive director
of the N.C. School Administrators
Association and a former assistant
state superintendent, will serve as
facilitator for the panel discussion.
Among those already committed
to participating on the panel are
Sheriff John Carr Da\ is. Brunswick
County Sheriff's Department: Dis
trict Attorney Rex Gore; Social Ser
vices Director Jamie Orrock; Health
Director Michael Rhodes; Bruns
wick Community College President
W. Michael Reaves; County Com
missioners Chairman Don Warren;
Juvenile Services Counselor Bud
Thorsen; Becky Johnson of South
eastern Mental Health; and a repre
sentative of the Region 'O' Council
of Governments and the office of
Attorney General Michael l-asley.
A counlywide task force applied
last year for a Smart Start grant,
hoping to he among the counties
chosen to pilot the state-supported
effort for communities to develop
their own approaches for meeting
the needs of young children. Their
proposal wasn't accepted, hut she
committee was encouraged to not
disband, hut to keep working and
reapply for assistance.
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